December 5th 2009

The Great Apostle

..fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle…”

Hebrews 3:1 (NIV UK)

Do we realize that Jesus was sent by God to us for our salvation?

The word “apostle” means someone sent for a purpose, and God sends people to proclaim and do his will. The Bible explains that God sent “the prophets at many times and in various ways” (Hebrews 1:1), and “he sent his one and only Son…to be the Saviour of the world” (1 John 4:9. 14). 

The writer of the book of Hebrews is anxious that believers focus fully on this Jesus who was sent from God. The word “Jesus” means “the Lord saves”. Sometimes we can forget the saving power of the Lord. We may think it is something reserved only for when Christ returns. The truth is that Jesus saves and delivers us not only in the future but in the present. He intervenes for us now. He saves us now in so many ways. Through faith and hope in him he delivers us from all our fears and troubles (Psalm 34:4; 55:7).

Therefore, when despair surrounds us and all seems lost, let’s fix our thoughts on Jesus who saves. The great apostle was sent by God to save us today and tomorrow. “God sent his son, born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4) to save us. That is why the angels announced at his birth, “a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Prayer

Father, help me to fix my thoughts on Jesus, who was sent by you to be the Saviour of the world.

Amen

Study by James Henderson

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